East Ridge Council Approves Funding For $2.3 Million Camp Jordan Upgrade; Christopher Harris Chosen As Administrative Hearing Officer

Friday, February 23, 2018 - by Gail Perry

The city of East Ridge is continuing to make improvements and upgrades in the city’s appearance and facilities. At the Jan. 11 city council meeting, approval was given for moving forward to make improvements at Camp Jordan Park. This overhaul for the 40-year-old park includes upgrades to restrooms, concessions, fencing, bleachers, grading baseball and softball fields, turfing the soccer stadium, concessions in the Arena lobby as well as a new roof for that building, trash receptacles and the replacement of water, sewer and power systems throughout the park.

 

At the council meeting Thursday night authorization was given to fund the project through a loan with the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund. The cost was limited to a maximum of $2.3 million. The annual debt service over a period of 20 years will be paid from hotel/motel taxes. The work will be done this fall.

 

In April 2017 the city adopted architectural design standards and guidelines in order to assure high quality designs and building materials. Am amendment was made and approved regarding infill development. This change will make sure that vacant property within an established neighborhood, meets zoning requirements and that the style will be compatible and consistent architecturally, such as size and height with existing buildings.

 

A sign ordinance has also been established in East Ridge. An amendment was approved Thursday night that will allow an appeal and for the city council to grant a variance from the on-premise sign standards after the chief building official provides the council with a review and written recommendation on the variance request. Codes Enforcement Officer Kenny Custer also told the council that a survey of all abandoned signs in the city has been made and, if no longer in compliance with city regulations, signs can be removed.

 

City Manager Scott Miller told the council that a new street sweeper has arrived and in now in service.  It is being paid for with a capital outlay note in the amount of $221,973 through the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund.

 

Mayor Brent Lambert requested that banners with the message “Take pride in East Ridge – Don’t Litter” be made and hung across roadways. City Manager Miller also suggested that people doing community service be used to pick up trash on the roads.

 

Christopher Harris was approved to replace Kyle Hedrick to serve as administrative hearing officer. He will have the jurisdiction to hear violations of local codes including building, property maintenance and zoning codes and to levy fines for violations in excess of $50. The pay rate for this position was set at $200 per hour.

 

The city manager said that another design error in regard to the reconfiguration project at the I-75 Interchange with Ringgold Road at Exit One will require a change order. The council agreed to pay C.W. Matthews Contracting Company an additional $3,987 to bore under the eastbound off ramp in order to connect street lights on the east and west sides of the road.

 

A public meeting was held with no one present to speak for or against rezoning 104 Kingwood Dr. from C-2 General Commercial to R-1 Residential. The planning commission unanimously approved the change and sent it to the council, which also gave approval.

 

Police Chief J.R. Reed was authorized to apply for the Walmart Foundation Community Grant. If awarded the grant, the East Ridge Police Department will use the $2,500 for updating computer technology for the Criminal Investigation division.

 

Rick Bonner, a volunteer with the East Ridge Food Pantry, announced a fundraising event to the council. It will benefit the food pantry which serves low income, the extended stay population and homeless in the community. The facility at East Ridge United Methodist Church, 1601 Prater Road, was established May 1, 2017, and has grown significantly during the past year. Food is provided on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Last week, said Mr. Bonner, food was given to 271 individuals. The facility is run by all volunteers with 100 percent of donations going straight to the food pantry, he said. Strawberries from Plant City, Fla., are being sold by the flat, each containing eight cups for $20. Orders must be in by March 12. They will be delivered from March 19-24.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Man, 33, Shot On Mitchell Avenue Tuesday Morning

Lebron Brown Charged In Shooting That Left Daniel Marshall In Critical Condition


Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, AUSTIN A 711 BELVISTA AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37411 Age at Arrest: 32 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga FUGITIVE ... (click for more)

A man, 33, was shot on Mitchell Avenue Tuesday morning. At approximately 11:14 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot in the 1700 block of Mitchell Avenue. Upon arrival, officers ... (click for more)

Lebron Terrell Brown has been charged in a Saturday night shooting that left Daniel Marshall in critical condition. Brown, 30, 2605 E. 19th St., was charged with attempted first-degree murder, ... (click for more)


Breaking News

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, AUSTIN A 711 BELVISTA AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37411 Age at Arrest: 32 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga FUGITIVE (ARREST OHIO STATE PAROLE VIOLATOR) --- ALLEN, BRIAN NICHOLAS 7229 BANTHER ROAD HARRISON, 37341 Age at Arrest: 31 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT ... (click for more)

Man, 33, Shot On Mitchell Avenue Tuesday Morning

A man, 33, was shot on Mitchell Avenue Tuesday morning. At approximately 11:14 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot in the 1700 block of Mitchell Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located the victim suffering from a non life-threatening gunshot wound. Hamilton County EMS responded and transported the victim to a local hospital. CPD Major Crimes Unit ... (click for more)

Opinion

Alstom And Tubman: A Tale Of Two Sites

The former Alstom industrial site on the riverfront and the former Harriett Tubman housing site in East Chattanooga both have a lot of redevelopment potential. And yet the city of Chattanooga seems to view them quite differently. Alstom is the fair-haired child; Tubman is the forgotten child. The Alstom area was recently designated as an "opportunity zone" in a new program ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We're Torturing Millions

I’ll admit it – I would rather hurt than take an opioid pain pill. Hydrocodone and its cousins scare the willies out of me because once when I was ‘drug sick,’ it was the worst sickness I have ever known. For somebody who always has somewhere that it hurts, I know that opioids are wonderful when used properly but because they are increasingly abused by society, there are now over ... (click for more)

Sports

Birthday Celebration: Tyner's Hambrick Victory Leader

Melique Hambrick has hit some big buckets in his young high school basketball career, but none were ever any bigger than the one he hit at the end against East Ridge Tuesday night. Sam Garmany sank a jumper in the lane with 21 seconds left to put the Pioneers ahead by a point at 70-69, but Hambrick came through with a big 3 with six seconds remaining to lift the Rams to a stirring ... (click for more)

Hurricanes Rally To Beat Previously Unbeaten Mustangs, 63-58 In Overtime

In a District 5-3A basketball slugfest between what may be the two best teams in the league, East Hamilton got the go-ahead points on a steal-and-drive by Darwin Randolph in overtime and the Hurricanes defeated Walker Valley, 63-58, Tuesday night and handed the Mustangs their first loss of the season. “We had to keep playing a smart basketball because Walker Valley is a very ... (click for more)